Examiner.com: Wikileaks: Saddam’s WMD Program Existed in Iraq
The recent release by WikiLeaks of classified Pentagon documents reveals that U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, encountered insurgents who were specialists in the creation of toxins, and uncovered weapons of mass destruction.
The latest WikiLeaks document dump reveals that as late as 2008, American troops continued to find WMD in the region.
Certainly interesting. On the inevitable media response, this was right on:
There are numerous mentions of chemical and biological weapons in the WikiLeaks documents, however the U.S. media appear only interested in those portions of the leaked material that highlight actions that are viewed as embarrassing for the U.S. military such as the accusation that U.S. commanders were aware of abuse and “torture” of prisoners by Iraqi soldiers and police officers.
And there’s more:
According to the latest WikiLeaks document “dump,” Saddam’s toxic arsenal, significantly reduced after the Gulf War, remained intact. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict and may have brewed up their own deadly agents, according to the WikiLeaks web site.
During that time, former Iraqi General Georges Sada, Saddam’s top commander, detailed the transfers of Iraq’s WMD. “There [were] weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands,” Mr. Sada said. “I am confident they were taken over.”
Gen. Sada’s comments came just a month after Israel’s top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, claimed that Saddam Hussein “transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria.”
Is it enough to silence the “Bush Lied and People Died!” crowd? Of course not. Nothing would be. The revelation that the cost of the Iraq war in its entirety worked out to be less than the so-called “stimulus” bill wasn’t enough to quiet those who hammer the last administration on the cost.
Still, while there are legitimate lingering arguments about what our role should be, militarily, across the globe, this latest dump of documents should at least begin to answer some as-yet unanswered questions surrounding the circumstances in the lead up to the Iraqi invasion.